“Is it safe to go outside?” you must be wondering upon hearing the news that the swine flu has made its way to our coast. And the answer? I’m not sure. I’ve logged onto the CDC website every day since I first heard of the outbreak but the answer hasn’t gotten any clearer. Even daycares, one news outlet warned, are not immune.
But Israel has other worries since an Israeli man returned from Mexico showing symptoms of swine flu. Israel and its non-pork eating constituents are now playing word games, specifically with the phrase “swine flu.” Haredi politicos are now calling the “swine flu” by any other name (right now it’s called the Mexican flu) to avoid using the word of that non-kosher animal.
Does anyone else think this is a bit much? I thought we just weren’t supposed to eat them, are we now not even allowed to name that animal in conversation? Any ideas for what we should rename the pink animals whose claim to fame it was to star as Wilbur, Babe and even dear old Muppet Miss P-ggy?
Meanwhile, does anyone think that this name change will cause more people to hate Mexicans?